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Improved growth rates from primary industries such as agriculture, forestry, fishing, diamond mining and metal ores are expected to lead Namibia’s economic recovery, with robust growth rates projected for 2021 and 2022. A union representing the interests of security guards yesterday criticised government ministries for continuously making delayed payments for services provided by their members. The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) is calling for eligible employers to submit applications for the vocational education and training (VET) levy employer-training grant (ETG). In 2020, Namibia’s exports to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) amounted to N$28.8 billion, down by 13% from its 2019 level of N$33.1 billion. Mbunga zovarugani vanakutumbura asi Trade Union Congress of Namibia(Tucna) kuna kugava usima ndi umbondo kwaministera goyirugana Utoni Nujoma asi eninkiliromo konyima tupu mbunga zovarugani zonene zavakarerapo ngovarugani kavazisigireko mokutarurura asi ngapi navawapukurura nonzambi dawo. After the tabling of the ratification of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) protocol, some parliamentarians feel Namibia still has much more to do before considering the protocol. Government, through the Ministry of Finance (MoF), last week Thursday availed N$550 000 for the development and execution of an accredited procurement study program at three local public institutions of higher learning. Minister of Industrialisation and Trade Lucia Iipumbu said it is very concerning to note that businesses in the Hardap region are not actively involved in applying and participating in efforts to grow the business sector. Oryx Properties’ revenue increased to N$335 million in the financial year ended June 2020, recording a substantial increase from N$325.9 million recorded in 2019. After a long struggle to find a suitable job to sustain herself, Mwaalwa Nambondi (28), seems to have found her feet in the business world and now she urges Namibian youth to find ways of becoming entrepreneurs to eventually grant them financial independence they so desperately seek. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations in its March 2021 crop prospects and food situation quarterly global report, 441 000 Namibians are estimated to be food insecure and would be in need of humanitarian assistance between October 2020 and March 2021. Some 11 000 certificates were issued nationally since the inception of the online platform called the Directorate of Industrial Development Enterprise Support System (DIDESS). The Covid-19 related restrictions, coupled with alcohol bans in Namibia and South Africa, saw revenue for Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) drop by 18.5% for December 2020, down to N$1.39 billion. The month of January 2021 saw Namibia’s total merchandise trade declining to N$15 billion, which is 13.5% less than the N$17 billion recorded in December 2020 and 5.1% more than N$14 billion recorded in January 2020. Piho kuzwelela kwakatengo kakabona zalico ni njimo mwalifasi (FAO) mwakweli ya Liatamani, ibulela kuli bayahi banaha Namibia baba fitelela likiti ze myanda yemine banuhiwa kuli habana hande lico, mi baka tokwa tuso mwahala kweli ya Yenda 2020 ni Liatamani 2021. Economists believe that when finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi tables the 2021/22 national budget in parliament tomorrow, it should clearly prioritise allocations to reflect the dire reality on the ground and to promote productivity in order to boost economic growth. Minister of Industrialisation and Trade (MIT) Lucia Iipumbu is impressed with the activeness of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Erongo region. She expressed this sentiment during stakeholders’ consultations with the business community in the Erongo region. The Roads Authority (RA) this week announced the partial opening of phase one of the Windhoek to Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) project. The project is an upgrade to a dual carriageway road, and a section of it is open to traffic. The Solidarity Union, representing security guards, has promised to resuscitate the debate around minimum wages come April 2021. The labour commissioner is set to commence with much-awaited public hearings next week Tuesday in the Khomas region.